Hardcourt Bike Polo Has Flourished In South Florida (part 1)

Forget American football for now. There is a small game known for getting a worldwide draw in South Florida, especially in Broward County.

Hardcourt bike polo was originated in Seattle in the early 2000s and is a subtle form of grass cycling, invented in Ireland in 1891.

Players form three or four teams and use small hand-painted characters from ski poles to skillfully advance the ball to the goal.

These games are played on the streets and in difficult areas such as basketball courts, tennis courts and roller hockey rinks.

With kindness and balance, the games are fast and played with good strength. Athletes in street clothes ride on fast-moving bicycles and often customize their bikes with handmade wheelbarrows, shortened handlebars and move the brakes to one side so that players can brake with one hand.

The game was held in South Florida about 2007, when a team of 15 or more players will meet at the roller hockey rinks at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale. Initially, the FTL Bike Polo meetups were inconsistent until the name came to prominence and re-emerged in late 2011. Now the group meets every Thursday night.

In court competitions can be violent, but apart from court players they promote a cohesive community, often sitting on weekends, celebrating birthdays or simply wandering around. When players are on the road or going to other cities, they can connect to other areas of the polo field and find a bed to hit on.

The Bike polo is divided into seven areas throughout the United States. Kreally ‘K’ Kasai, a long-time resident of Fort Lauderdale and a cyclist, says: “South Florida was one of the last places to bring a bicycle pole, so the increase in excitement we are seeing is the arrival of other cities. See a huge increase now.”

After that, the sport grew and spread to Miami.

The Two Top Seven Lists of Bicycle Polo

Top Seven Reasons Why Bike Polo is Better than Horse Polo

1. While a horse has a mind of its own, a bicycle always does what you tell it to do.

2. A string of horses are needed for polo, but only one bike needed for bicycle polo.

3. Different horses require different mallet lengths while you only need one mallet in a bicycle seat since you can adjust its height.

4. You can transport bicycles in the trunk or on the roof of your car but you can not do this with a horse.

5. Bicycles eat much less than horses.

6. You can leave your bicycle in the corner of your garage for months or even years, and with a little Armor-all and WD-40, you can make it good as new.

7. They are much easier to clean up after.

Top Seven Reasons Why Bike Polo is Better than Road Biking and Mountain Biking

1. It’s not easy to go mountain biking if you don’t live in or nearby the mountains; meanwhile, almost everyone has a football field around their neighborhood.

2. There’s no need to carry your drinks on your bike and you are never more than 100 yards from a cooler.

3. There’s no need to carry all kinds of tools and they are always a few yards away.

4. Polo bikes don’t need all that expensive suspension as the field should be relatively smooth.

5. Polo bikes needs nothing more than one gear, although sometimes it is nice to have a little riding to the field.

6. You never have to carry your bike more than a few yards. There is also very little chance of being hit by a car.

7. You get to play a game rather than going for a ride. Hitting the ball is also a great way to take out your aggression.

The development of North American Hardcourt Bike Polo

Although bike polo is more than 100 years old now, hardcourt bike polo occurred only 21 years ago, in Seattle, a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States, by a group of bike messengers trying to pass time between jobs.

Hardcourt bike polo, which used to be played in alleys, parking lots and even on rooftops, quickly grew with the love of bikes and bike culture. Tournaments were held as side events in messenger races, known as alley cats.

In 2007, there were about 20 cities through North America that claimed  established clubs thanks to the spread of the game through the internet and messenger culture. The next year, the largest competitive tournament to date and also the first North American Championship (featuring 35 teams) was held in Chicago. This competition was run in conjunction with the 2008 NACCC messenger championships, but it is independent. The Chicago tournament exploded the scene as well as galvanized the North American hardcourt polo community, which quickly made it the right time to start organizing tournaments with hardcourt as the sole focus.

Early in 2010, democratically elected 21 representatives from North America, established the North American Hardcourt (NAH), which is the first organizing body that would start to address the concerns of a rapidly growing constituency. NAH has since been instrumental in influencing and encouraging a change to standards: a set of rules and refereeing, familiar court dimensions and goals, a swiss-round tournament format, and much more.

Nowadays, there are around 200 hartcourt bike polo clubs in North America alone, with about 1000 players competing in the most recent version of the NAH Tour Series. This culminated with the most successful NAH Bike Polo Championship up to now, setting records for viewership of the sport and perhaps the deepest field of competitive players in any tournament.

History of Hardcourt Bikepolo

If you want to discover more about the history of Hardcourt Bikepolo, in this article, we would like to introduce a short summary about this sport. For more information, you can also find on wikipedia or on the NAH website.

Chronology

    1999 – Hardcourt Bikepolo was born in Seattle.

    2001 – Game spreaded to the East Coast of the United States.

    2002 – The first club was born in the Axles of Evil, Portland, the US.

    2003 – Demonstration event at CMWC, Seattle, the US.

    2004 – First tournament. WSPI, Portland, the US.

    2005 – Tap Out rule is introduced.

    2006 – Bikepolo arrived to Europe.

    2008 – Bikepolo started spreading worldwide.

    – First North American championship in Chicago, the US.

    – First World championship in Toronto, Canada.

    – First Bikepolo-specific on-line forum was created: Bikepolo.ca, then Leagueofbikepolo.com.

    2009 – First European Championship in London, the United Kingdoms.

    – First FTW (Femme-Trans-Women) exclusive tournament was held  at Ladies Army, Vancouver, Canada.

    2010 – First World championship in Europe in Berlin, Germany.

    – First NAH-sanctioned ruleset was written.

    2011 – First European ruleset was written.

    – First tournament management tool was created: podiumbikepolo.com.

    – First permanent bikepolo specific court was built at Vancouver, Canada.

    – First mandatory Co-Ed tournament in Europe was played. Hell’s Belles Vol. 1. London, the UK.

    2012 – First European team (Call Me Daddy) to win World Championships.

    – First FTW exclusive tournament in Europe was played. Hell’s Belles Vol. 2, London, the UK.

    2013 – Bikepolo hit peak growth.

    2014 – EHBA (European Hardcourt Bikepolo Association) was created.

    2015 – First professional series was created. Professional Hardcourt Bike Polo, PHBP.

    – The crease was introduced.

    – Interference rule was introduced.

    2016 – First World championship in ANZ (Australia & New Zealand) region was held at Timaru, New Zealand.

    – First European championship in Squad format. Dominion Cup, Turin, IT.

    2017 – First North American championship in Squad format at Frederick, the US.

    – First World championship in Squad format at Lexington, the US.

    2018 – First EHBA-sanctioned ruleset was written.

    2019 – First World Championship in Latin America at Cordoba, AR.

The most important rules new bike polo player needs to know (part 2)

3. Don’t run into other people

This may seem obvious but let’s make it explicit: you can’t run into people with your bike. Why? Because it interferes with their ability to play the game and could result in injury.

It is considered a foul if you carry momentum into another person with your front or back wheel or from the side with your handlebars (or any other part of your bike).

It is your responsibility to control your own bike, body, and mallet.

With that said, some incidental bike-on-bike action is a normal part of the sport of bike polo. For instance, if your front wheel bumps or touches another player’s bike but doesn’t interfere with their capacity to engage in the game or damage their equipment, you are most likely good.

4. Stay in control of your mallet

Your mallet is how you maneuver and shoot the ball when playing. And at the same time you use it to play the ball, you need to be super careful that it doesn’t get hung-up on another player’s bike or body.

A couple of mallet rules:

  • Keep your mallet below your and other player’s handlebars. Your mallet should be kept low, other than normal, safe windup and follow through when shooting the ball. You’re responsible for where your mallet is and ends up. No one wants to get hit in the face, hand, or body with a mallet.
  • Don’t “slash” other people’s mallets. While you can and should try to steal the ball from the opposite team, and you can touch and interfere with the ball carrier’s mallet, you need to maintain control. Don’t just swing wildly at the ball or the other player’s mallet with excessive force, people are going to get bent out of shape real fast if you damage their equipment.
  • Don’t jam other people’s wheels with your mallet. It is illegal to put your mallet under other players’ wheels and is called jamming. Jamming usually results in the other person dabbing or crashing since your mallet stops their wheel unexpectedly and suddenly. Keep your mallet away from other players’ wheels.

The most important rules new bike polo player needs to know (part 1)

If you have found your local bike polo club, perhaps even played your first game, and people have explained some rules of the sport but you’re still unclear about the game, here is a list of the most important rules that every new bike polo player needs to know.

1. If you “dab”, you have to tap back in

Dabbing means you put your foot on the ground or use something besides your mallet or bike to keep your balance and not fall.

You are dabbed if you put your hand or foot on a horizontal surface like the ground or the top of the goal. Leaning on the goal with your body to prevent yourself from losing your balance is also considered dabbing.

If you’re dabbed, you cannot touch the ball or be part of the gameplay till you tap the boards with your mallet at half-court. It’s your responsibility to stay out of the other players’ way, as much as possible, so you don’t interfere with the match until you tap back in. You can then rejoin gameplay immediately once you have tapped back in.

2. It isn’t a goal if you scoop or shuffle it

For a shot to be counted as a goal in bike polo, you have to strike the ball with the opened or capped end of the mallet, not the broadside.

If you hit the ball with the broadside into the net, it is called a “shuffle” and won’t count as a goal. Additionally, if you throw or scoop the ball with the mallet’s opened end into the opponent’s net, it doesn’t count as a goal.

Other than when you are shooting, you can control and maneuver the ball any way you want. You can scoop or shuffle the ball to pass to your teammates, strike it on the opened or capped end, whatever works!

Five Things You Might Not Have Known About Hardcourt Bike Polo

You might have never heard of hardcourt bike polo, but it has got rapid growth recently. It is inclusive, has a few simple rules, and requires just a little investment. Although it is very exciting to watch, it takes some serious skills to handle the bike and at the same time play the game. Here are five things that you might not have known about hardcourt bike polo.

1. Bike polo is an actual sport

It has been around in some form since 1891 as Richard J. Mecredy – an Irish fellow – invented “horseless polo.” The resurgence of the sport took hold in America and then around the world when Seattle residents start playing Hardcourt Bike Polo (meaning that playing bike polo on an asphalt court opposed to a grass field) in 1999.

2. It is played around the world

There are 473 bike polo clubs in 56 countries on every continent.

3. It was featured in the Olympics

It was featured under the name “Cycle polo” as a demonstration sport in the Olympics 1908 when Ireland beat Germany for the gold. Unluckily, the popularity of this sport declined during WW I and II and didn’t get steam again till the 1980s.

4. There is an actual Hardcourt Bike Polo World Championships

A Hardcourt Bike Polo World Championship started in Philadelphia in 2009 has been held every year since. Teams qualify by winning national and regional tournaments. Last year’s tournament, The Beavers (San Francisco, the US) beat Call Me Daddy (Paris, France) for the championship.

5. It has only a few simple rules

Hardcourt bike polo games are played with 3 players on a team, with no specific positions.

In order to score a goal, you have to hit the ball with one of your mallet’s ends, not the side.

If you touch your foot to the ground, you have to touch your mallet next to the center of the court to be allowed back in play.

“Like contact” (including bike-to-bike, body-to-body, mallet-to-mallet) is allowed.

Hardcourt Bike Polo in London: The Great 2012

Hardcourt Bike Polo reminds us of guys dressed in nostalgia, riding horses running on a green meadow. These aristocratic images often belong to Europe in general and the United Kingdom in particular. Bike Polo, after being urbanized, has become a hardcourt version that plays on parks, cement platforms, and more.

After holding in Geneva, the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship 2012 was moved to London, the beautiful capital of England. In addition, Hell’s Belles, a women’s tournament has also been held here. It can be said that 2012 has been a strong year of this sport in England.

A representative of the London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association shared that this sport is gradually becoming popular and receiving much attention. Official tournaments replace random and fun matches. Two international tournaments listed above took place in 3 days with the participation of 84 teams. Therefore, the tournament attracted major sponsors such as Urban Outfitters or Le Coq Sportif, which enables them to move to a more stable website. The scale of the matches will also be larger for the stands, the big screen showing the score and the live stream on social networks.

However, it was a bit strange when Hardcourt Bike Polo was only popular from 2000 onwards. Meanwhile, the traditional version had a golden age that appeared on the official list of competitions at the 1908 London Olympics. In addition, Hardcourt Bike Polo was first played in Seattle but most popular in London. When organizing the development of projects in schools, this sport is growing stronger.

Since 2012, Jon’s team has been trying its best to create a national association, not just London. To do this, they must receive Sport England recognition through achievement, organizational structure and funding.

The tournament in London attracted a lot of female players, even girls from the Americas. They compete, make friends and become teammates in the same team. The girls performed were not inferior to the boys

Sports in the Halifax hipster olympics

  1. Hardcourt motorbike polo

It’s been 108 years because bike polo made its one and most effective appearance as a demonstration game at the 1908 summer season Olympics in London, England. A modern variation of the sport, hardcourt motorcycle polo, is played in Halifax each Thursday at 7pm at the outdoor area in the back of South Street’s Gorsebrook Junior high college. The item of the sport is to put a hockey ball into a hockey internet using a custom-made mallet at the same time as using a bicycle. The catch? If your feet contact the floor, you’re now not allowed to play till you’ve tapped said mallet towards a cymbal positioned on the sidelines. The mallet is made of p.c pipe connected to a ski pole, and strong enough to guide body weight on account that ft aren’t allowed for balance.

“The cool factor approximately motorbike polo is everybody’s clearly inclusive. every person needs you to have amusing,” says Leila Kadivar, who got addicted to the game while living in Ottawa and found the Halifax institution on facebook. The organization is self-prepared and not using a detailed organizer or teach. each person who wants to play simply has to reveal up.

2. Spikeball

If you see 4 humans in HRM hitting a palm-sized ball right into a small, circular net in the floor, chances are Dan Freeman is involved. He found out about Spikeball from a friend on the Sasquatch track festival in Washington in 2014.
“I need to describe this all the time because nobody knows what it’s miles. It’s the sport of volleyball, but in place of hitting the ball over the internet, you’re hitting the ball into a internet,” says Freeman.

Strolling into Freeman or ordering the sport on line are currently the best approaches to play in Halifax, as there are no leagues or devoted companies inside the place. It is able to be performed on any surface, even though grass or sand is good to keep away from face-planting into asphalt at the same time as trying an acrobatic dive.

“It’s easy to pick out up,” says Freeman, “You can train all people to play.”

Fat Bike Worlds to showcase Fat Bike Polo

The Borealis Fat Bike Worlds offered by Ska Brewing are coming this Friday through Sunday, January 24-26, and while the arena championship race on Saturday is the choicest event of the weekend, the Crested Butte Mountain bike affiliation (CBMBA) and the town of Crested Butte are shutting down the block of Elk road in front of the Brick Oven at 3 p.m. for some fats bike Polo movement Friday, January 24.

In line with a pamphlet procured from the Crested Butte Mountain background Museum, polo is one of the oldest crew sports activities within the international and started on the other facet of the planet.

It is going on to trace the sport of polo to England through their colonization of India and propensity for game and empire. but it wasn’t till July five, 1987 that polo soon have become a sport played on bikes as well, when a team of haggard motorcycle fans had been operating off a difficult night with a few croquet, were given on a motorcycle and “invented” bike polo.

Fast-forward 32 years and CBMBA has taken the reins at the Borealis fats motorbike Worlds and taken bike polo and carried it over into wintry weather to host a fats bike polo tournament as a part of the fat motorbike festivities.

“We need to have fun bikes within the wintry weather and bring in the international’s oldest sport,” says CBMBA director Dave Ochs.

Ochs and CBMBA are seeking out 64 gamers to join up who will then be split into 32 groups, with humans consistent with crew. There could be “courts” set up on Elk street in front of the Brick Oven, wherein teams will warfare through a sequence of 10-minute games starting at 5 p.m. culminating with the championship sport at about 9 p.m. The “courts” will be snow-included, possibly a chunk icy, however Ochs has a plan to help players live upright.

“We’re going to apply what nature gives us but the city might be throwing down some gravel for additonal traction,” says Ochs. “amazing cool of those men.”

There are some guidelines and they can all be discovered online at cbfatbikeworlds.com. One rule this is especially sticky is the foot-down ruling. In authentic motorbike polo, the foot won’t hit the floor throughout play or a penalty is enforced. The identical is genuine inside the fat bike version, simply now not as stringent.

“It’s crook to put your foot down in motorbike polo however we’re now not going to blow the whistle all the time,” says Ochs. “We need humans to play.”

If you are referred to as for a foot down though, you could ought to run into the Brick Oven and chug an grownup beverage supplied via Ska earlier than returning to play, leaving your teammate to play solo till you return.

As for motorcycles, fats motorcycles are favored but not mandatory and if human beings want to play on motorcycles with plus-sized tires, or maybe mountain motorcycle tires, so that it will be allowed.

“We got all varieties of matters to make it less complicated for every person to play,” says Ochs.

There can be some metropolis-on-metropolis rivalries as properly, as rumors are swirling that both Durango and Carbondale, cities with fervent bike polo followings, may be sending teams in for a shot at the Borealis fats bike Worlds fat bike Polo (BFBWFBP) title.